The next two lawyers to face off in the State Bar of Texas president-elect race are going to be: San Antonio solo Allan DuBois (pictured top) and Beverly Godbey (pictured below), partner in Gardere Wynne Sewell in Dallas.
The State Bar’s Nominations and Elections Subcommittee on Dec. 13 decided to recommend DuBois and Godbey after interviewing six potential nominees in Austin, said Ray Cantu, the subcommittee’s staff liaison.
“The board will vote to approve the committee's recommendations at their board meeting in San Antonio,” said Cantu. That meeting is Jan. 23 and 24.
When asked what he would do if he were elected, DuBois replied, “In my philosophy, I think we need to turn inward, and we need to help our own, and we need to do things for lawyers and their families.”
For example, he would try helping younger lawyers find jobs, learn to practice law right and afford to pay their students loans. For older lawyers who wish to retire, he said he would like to help them transition to retirement “with dignity.” DuBois also said it would be a good idea to match up older and younger lawyers in a mentorship program.
Godbey didn’t return a call before deadline. According to her biography on her firm website, Godbey was a board member, and later, she was chairwoman of the board. Last year, she was co-chairwoman of the Nominations and Elections Subcommittee.
State Bar spokesman Lowell Brown writes in an email that the subcommittee also interviewed Dallas solo Bill Elliott, Winstead shareholder Talmage Boston of Dallas, Judy Ney of the Texas Department of Insurance in Houston and University of Houston Law Center professor David Crump.
Buck Files, co-chairman of the subcommittee, didn’t return a call or email seeking comment.